Hollywood Remembers John Hurt as ‘Magnificent Talent,’ ‘Beautiful Soul’

“Wand shopping won’t be the same without you,” fellow “Harry Potter” star Bonnie Wright says of the actor, who died Friday at 77

Last Updated: January 28, 2017 @ 9:45 AM

As news of the death of iconic actor John Hurt broke on Friday evening, tributes from peers, friends and admirers alike poured out for the two-time Academy Award nominee.

“It was terribly sad today to learn of John Hurt’s passing. He was a truly magnificent talent,” said comedy legend Mel Brooks, who directed Hurt in a hilarious performance as Jesus Christ in “The History of the World Pt. 1” and was an uncredited executive producer in Hurt’s most notable film, “Elephant Man.”

“John Hurt, kind, non judgmental, fragile, like an alpine flower that trembles in the freezing wind, but tenaciously holds on and survives,” Helen Mirren said in a statement. “He wore his humanity on his sleeve, and this was one of the qualities that made him into the great actor he was. He also had a core of great strength and humour that made him able to face the world and achieve so much. We will miss you, dear colleague.”

“Cannot believe news of passing of my old friend,” tweeted Cary Elwes. “Goodnight Sweet Prince.”

Hurt, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his turn in 1978’s “Midnight Express” and for Best Actor for 1980’s “The Elephant Man”, disclosed in 2015 that he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

See further tributes below.